Community Grants

The 2020 Community Grants application is now closed.

pottawattamie county community foundation awards $54,750 IN COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS during largest funding cycle to-date

June 5, 2020 | The Daily Nonpareil

The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) is delighted to announce its 2020 Community Impact Grants award recipients. In its largest grant funding cycle to-date, PCCF will award 37 grants totaling $54,750 to area nonprofit organizations. Individual grant awards for this year’s funding cycle range from $500 to $2,500 to be used towards local projects throughout the county. Read more...

Click HERE to view the 2020 Community Grants Award Recipients.

what are Community Grants?

Community Grants are available to organizations whose innovative and meaningful work align with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation's mission to improve the lives of all county residents.

Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, governmental entity or church - using the funds for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting PCCF's mission to improve the lives of all residents of Pottawattamie County - is eligible to apply.


When is the deadline?

2020 Community Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 15th.


What are the criteria?

Projects are selected based on:

- their focus on a specific issue

- ability to meet a clear, identifiable need in Pottawattamie County

- creativity

- the operational strength of the application organization, including project leadership

- their ranking when compared with other applications received during the funding cycle


PCCF's funding limitations include:

- clinical or medical research

- contributions to capital campaigns

- organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender, age, or national origin

- operating deficits or retirement of debt

- annual fund drives

- real estate acquisitions

- political projects of any kind


How are applications reviewed?

Grant applications are reviewed by staff and an independent panel of reviewers from across the county. Our Board of Directors makes all final funding decisions and awards are announced in late May.


How do you submit an application?

Applications can now be submitted electronically. Please click here to learn about the Community Foundation's Online Grants Center and to begin the application process.

The Community Grant program is a highly competitive process due to the limited amount of funding each year. Successful applications respond to a demonstrated or emerging community need, support effective, proven or promising solutions, build upon and maximize other community resources and offer a clear plan for financial sustainability. The Foundation, except under unusual circumstances, does not make grants for deficit financing, fund drives, or fundraising activities. Less consideration may be given to applications from tax supported organizations. Please contact us at info@ourpccf.org if you have further questions.